IB Learner Profile
To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, click on the link below.
- The IB curriculum is the same throughout the United States and the world.
- AP is a United States program only.
- IB focuses on a student’s depth of learning not on preparing a student to take an exam.
- IB courses focus on world perspectives.
- IB courses involve research and written components. (all courses)
- IB courses are for Juniors and Seniors; however, freshmen can take courses to prepare for the rigors of IB.
Recap: Determining Whether AP vs IB Is a Better Fit for You
Taking either AP or IB classes will look very good on your college applications, as it shows you’re challenging yourself with college-level courses. There’s no real preference or benefit from doing one program or the other, as long as you do well in your chosen courses.
As one admission officer at Northwestern stated, “One qualification (AP vs IB) is not better than another.”
However, you want to make sure that you are doing well in your classes and not overloading. There’s no point in taking 10 AP classes or the IB diploma if you get a low GPA and don’t pass the exams.
- International Baccalaureate courses are widely recognized by the world’s leading universities because IB students learn more than a collection of facts.
- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is different from other pre-university courses or assessments in that it is a comprehensive, integrated program that emphasizes international perspectives.
- IB assessments include multiple, varied forms of external and internal assessment.
- Recent studies on IB Diploma Program graduates at universities confirm that they perform well and have significantly higher grade point averages and higher graduation rates than students who did not complete the IB Diploma Program. Scores on IB assessments are also a significant predictor of university performance.
IB classes are for any student who wants to challenge him or herself with a higher-level course. Those students who have taken Honors level courses might be better prepared for the workload and challenges of an IB course, but if you are willing to work hard, you will do just fine.
|Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature|
|Group 2: Language Acquisition|
Spanish B SL (prerequisite required)
French B SL (prerequisite required)
|Group 3: Individuals and Societies|
History of the Americas HL
|Group 4: Sciences|
Environmental Systems and Societies SL
|Group 5: Mathematics|
Mathematical Studies SL
|Group 6: The Arts|
Visual Arts SL
Visual Arts HL
|Core||Theory of Knowledge (Spring)|
Both levels are challenging and rigorous.
The main difference is in teaching hours per course:
- SL courses require a minimum of 150 teaching hours
- HL courses require a minimum of 240 hours thus HL providing a more in-depth study of a particular subject.
Students can register for just one IB course or as many as six.
If you are interested in attaining a full IB Diploma, please see Mrs. Wrout.
All IB courses are calculated on the 5.0 scale except for the following:
Math Studies SL, Spanish SL, Chemistry SL, Theory of Knowledge, and year one of Chemistry HL
What is the difference between the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career Programme?
- EE Overview
- EE Approved Subjects
- Subject Specific Guidance
- Timeline 2019-20
- EE Assessment Objectives
- EE Assessment Criteria
- EE Assessment: Advice for Students
- EE Format – IB Guidelines
- EE Brochure 2019-20
Reflection and the EE
- Assessment Criterion E (Engagement) – quick summary
- Table of Reflection Phases
- Reflection and the EE
- Reflections on Planning and Progress Form
Research, Writing, and Editing Guides (The Writing Center: GMU)
- MLA Citation Quick Guide
- Chicago Style Citation Guide
- How to Write a Research Question
- Five Steps to Developing a Research Question
- Research Question Guide
- What Makes a Good Research Question? (Duke University)
- Organizational Maps
- Reverse Outlining
- Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism
- Quotation, Paraphrase, Summary and Analysis Guide
- 23 Ways to Improve Your Draft
- Editing Checklist
Helpful Links: Additional Resources
The IB calendar lists dates for all major IB assignments, assessments, projects, and orals.
Note: Calendar information subject to change. IB students must verify all due dates and tasks with the appropriate IB staff members.
–RMHS Academic Honesty and Authenticity Policy
–RMHS Un recurso práctico para la honestidad y autenticidad académicas
IB Diploma Requirements
–Award of the IB Diploma
–Obtención del diploma del IB
Parents/Guardians: After watching the Policy Video and reading/reviewing the important IBO and RMHS policies, please use the following link to complete the Google form indicating your acknowledgment of these important IB documents.
Padres/tutores: Después de ver el vídeo de políticas y de leer/revisar las importantes políticas de IBO y RMHS, utilice el siguiente enlace para completar el formulario de Google que indica su reconocimiento de estos importantes documentos del IB.
-Purdue Online Writing Lab MLA
-Purdue Online Writing Lab APA
IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM SUBJECT TEACHERS:
Cristina Aguirre – Spanish B SL
Gabriela Amon – Spanish HL
Anna Binney – Math SL
Ingrid Brennan – English HL
Mia Chancer – English SL
Beulah Espinoza – Biology HL
Carrie Fong – Environmental Systems and Societies SL
David Gonzalez – Spanish B SL
Nikki Hansen – Math HL
Jeff Holloway – History of the Americas HL
Salima Houdoud – French B SL
Matt Jackson – Chemistry HL
Shi Young Kim – Visual Art HL and SL
Yen Law – Math HL
Mark Martinez – History of the Americas HL
Chris Moody – Economics SL
Verity Olliff – English HL and TOK
Rano Sidhu – Chemistry HL
Sandra Tchiprout – English HL
Derrick Timmons – English SL
The IB Diploma Program Core: EE, CAS, and TOK (TOK teachers listed above)
Ingrid Brennan – Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Advisor
Margery Ricards – Extended Essay
IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM COORDINATION AND COUNSELING:
Cuba Montero – IB and Special Programs Counselor
Lori Wrout – IB Coordination